Theft on campus: What should students do?

Photo by DENISE SEYFERJunior Danielle  now works the security desk newly positioned at the only open entrance to the Bloechl Center where guests now need to sign in,

Photo by DENISE SEYFER
Junior Danielle Christian now works the security desk newly positioned at the only open entrance to the Bloechl Center where guests now need to sign-in.

By DENISE SEYFER

On Thursday, Oct. 17, a theft occurred in Mount Mary University’s Bloechl Center during the volleyball team’s 4:30 p.m. practice.

The missing items consisted of a computer and a charger, a debit card and a driver’s license. The victims, junior volleyball players Katie Edwards and Danielle Christian, discovered the items were gone shortly after their practice.

“I grabbed my bag, which held my laptop, and went to class after practice,” Christian said. “I didn’t notice anything was missing until later in class. I left class and saw Katie in the hallway where she said she was missing things too.”

Edwards admitted to placing her valuables inside the locker room, but didn’t lock them up.

“I thought I misplaced [the items] at first,” said Katie Edwards. “I retraced my steps to the dining hall and to the bookstore.”

As early as 5:45 p.m., Edwards’s charge card showed charges from H.H. Gregg in Greenfield, Wis. Approximately $800 was charged to the card. About 20 minutes later, approximately $120 was charged at Sports Authority.

“After I called the credit card company, I went to campus security and asked what to do next,” Edwards said. “Campus security told me to call the [Milwaukee] Police Department’s District 7.”

Mount Mary’s Public Safety team investigated the locker room, which is part of its procedure if a theft occurs. The responding officer, Tony Lemke, didn’t document any suspicious findings in the incident report on file at the Public Safety Office.

“By not leaving items in plain view, you can avoid being a crime victim,” said Paul Leshok, director of Mount Mary Public Safety who is a 28-year veteran of the Milwaukee Police Department. “Thieves are just looking for something that’s easy to get.”

Leshok reported that there are plans in the works to have cameras installed on campus as an added security measure. He is hoping to have them installed in the next few months.

“My freshman year [the university] talked about installing cameras,” Christian said. “Why do we have to wait for something bad to happen just to get it done?”

Photo by DENISE SEYFERCameras will hopefully be installed after the recent theft for extra security.

Photo by DENISE SEYFER
Cameras will hopefully be installed after the recent theft for extra security.

Athletic Director Marc Heidorf instituted other safety measures after the theft.

“We assigned a student worker to sit at the main doors of the Bloechl Center during fitness center hours,” Heidorf said. “The west doors will be locked. Everyone will have to enter through the main, east doors. We are also locking up the locker room doors during games and practices.”

Katie Edwards offers some advice after her unfortunate experience.

“Be careful. Lock things up in your cars or in the locker room,” she said. “If you see suspicious activity, call campus security.”

If anyone has any information on this crime or needs to report a suspicious person or activity, please contact either the Milwaukee Police Department District 7 at 414-935-7272 or contact Mount Mary Public Safety in the lower level of Caroline Hall or call the office at 414-258-4810, ext. 421.

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